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Qatar Rail TBMs entered into Guinness Records

Qatar Rail's work is progressing well, with recent recognition by Guinness World Records for the tunnelling works undertaken on the integrated railway network

Qatar Rail's management team receiving the Guinness Book certificate at the company's headquarters in Doha.
Qatar Rail's management team receiving the Guinness Book certificate at the company's headquarters in Doha.

Qatar Rail has been officially recognised by the Guinness World Records for “The Largest Number of Tunnel Boring Machines Operating Simultaneously in a Single Project”, marking a milestone for large-scale transport projects in Qatar and across the region.

Since their launch, works for Qatar Rail’s mega projects have been progressing at full speed thanks to cutting edge technologies from leading manufacturers and suppliers and a strong focus on operational efficiency.
Deployed across the works for the Doha Metro stations, Qatar Rail’s 21 advanced tunnel boring machines (TBM) have achieved many breakthrough milestones for the project’s overall progress.

Qatar Rail’s Managing Director, Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie said: “Since we embarked on this journey, we’ve committed ourselves, our resources, our partners and our technologies to delivering world-class projects with speed and efficiency. This recognition by the Guinness World Records is a hard-earned and well-deserved testament to the collective power of our teams, our partners and our stakeholders, who never lost sight of what is needed to deliver our ambitious plans. This certificate is only a chapter in our story. I am confident in that Qatar Rail will be seeing more record-setting achievements in the future.”

Eng. Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi, Qatar Rail’s CEO concurred: “With a Guinness book recognition under our belt, we carry an even greater and larger responsibility towards our community in successfully closing the tunnelling phase for the Doha Metro project. Qatar Rail is keen on meeting and outperforming on its ambitious objectives and world-class benchmarks. We dedicate this achievement – that is a clear indication of the scale and importance of the Doha Metro project - to our team, as well as to the State of Qatar and all our stakeholders who have shared our vision and ambition”.

This record for Qatar Rail has broken the previous world record which had set an initial benchmark of 19 simultaneously operational TBMs.

The certification process for Qatar Rail entailed a stringent verification process undertaken by the Guinness World Records Authority, which included a verification committee of 20 inspectors appointed for every operational TBM. Each machine was filmed in action.

Qatar Rail also had to supply the Geographic Information System (GIS) data to the inspectors which confirmed works and status of all TBMs.
Validating the results has been undertaken by Professor Arnold Dix, an independent record verifier and a highly accomplished tunneling expert and lawyer who heads a legal chapter in the International Tunneling Association (ITA), and whose credentials were accepted by the Guinness committee.

Currently, Qatar Rail manages the operations of 21 TBMs working underground as part of the Doha Metro project. The high tech machines imported from Germany, are set to accomplish the tunnelling phase in 2017, while the first stage of the Doha Metro project will be delivered later in 2019.

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